In early 2011, a homeschooling family moved to Bruno from the Twin Cities. The mom began reaching out to other homeschoolers in the area, hoping to start a group similar to what they'd been involved with in the Cities. She connected with a couple other movers and shakers, and that got things moving (and shaking). A group of ladies met for lunch at Jan & Gary's restaurant, and the decision was made that we could, indeed, start a homeschool group in Pine County.
After much prayer and many long meetings lasting late into the night, we emerged with a framework for supporting area homeschoolers. HOPE held its first group meeting in June of 2011, a picnic at St. Croix State Park.